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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Free Money for You (Yes, You) from the World's Largest Faculty Club

Lesley Wexler is turning me green with envy with her hip, ironic pop culture references.  I can just imagine 250px-Topcat what her students think: "Gee, Wexler is so cool! She makes me want to learn!  I'm going to spend the weekend reading note cases!"  I do the best I can, but my references to scenes from Matlock, or whether a certain encounter between Officer Dibble and Top Cat amounted to a Terry stop generate more confusion than enlightenment, and playing the episode in class if anything, makes the situation worse.

When I feel this way, I sometimes repair to the never-ending faculty water cooler that is the Chronicle of Higher Education Forum; any academic problem or issue you can imagine has been vetted at length.  There's a vigorous thread now on References Students Don't Get. I can't tell how many law profs hang out there, but it is fascinating.  Plagiarism, entitled students and tenure fights are favorite subjects, although Shoe Options for Female Faculty in the Humanities has hundreds of posts.  A few interesting aspects of Forum culture: 1) There are posters with tens of thousands of posts.  2) Some use gender-neutral pronouns like "hu", "hir" and "hus" which I had never seen before. 3) They often to refer to needy students as "Snowflakes", i.e., kids who think they are uniquely special.

The Free Money for You part is this thread on state abandoned property registries.  After reading the thread, I searched www.missingmoney.com and found some money for a relative.  If you look and find something, I think in fairness you should give me a comment.  If you don't think you have forgotten some security deposit or bank account somewhere you should look, because that's the precise cognitive error shared by everyone whose abandoned property is in the hands of the states.   

Posted by Marc Miller on February 9, 2010 at 01:05 PM | Permalink


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Hey, Lesley, how about a little something, you know, for the effort?

Posted by: Jack | Feb 15, 2010 2:33:57 PM

Thanks Jack. I'm due 82.50 from the University of Chicago.

Posted by: Wexler | Feb 15, 2010 2:29:45 PM

Thanks, it turns out UT-Austin owes my spouse $50.

Posted by: anon | Feb 12, 2010 11:29:43 PM

Wow, I just checked missingmoney on a whim and apparently I do have something that appears (based on the address used) to be from a few years ago from my current employer (U. of MN). The only detail is "over 100 dollars" but I wouldn't be surprised if it's as much as a full paycheck from back before I started doing direct deposit. I'll send in a claim form and find out. Thanks, Jack!

Posted by: Heidi Kitrosser | Feb 11, 2010 3:57:58 PM

No free money for me, but the first part did remind me of leading the discussion section for an undergrad philosophy of law class several years ago and trying to illustrate a point by making a reference to an episode of "Quincy". No one had the slightest idea what I was talking about, but since the show went off the air when I was 9 years old, and most of them hadn't been born yet, or something I guess that's no surprise. Still, Quincy was much better than the 5th spin-off of law and order could ever be.

Posted by: Matt | Feb 9, 2010 2:04:11 PM

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